An Evening of Winter-themed Art Songs by Composers Familiar and Not

November 10, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—With the chilly evenings drawing in, this November 6 concert at Wigmore Hall was appropriately winter-themed. Not only that, a savvy blend of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century music proved an opportunity for a roster of composers from … » Read


Omar Makes Its West Coast Debut and (Still) Doesn't Hold Up

November 10, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The existence of slavery in the U.S. for almost 250 years remains a fraught presence in our national psyche, so the October 2019 news that the 2020 Spoleto Festival USA would present Omar , a new opera based on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said … » Read


Sondheim's The Frogs Meets His 'Finished' Work-in-Progress

November 9, 2023 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Stephen Sondheim developed a healthy attitude toward failure near the end of his life: “In ten years they’ll revive it in London and it will be hailed as a masterpiece.” So he told Nathan Lane when their rewrite of The Frogs was … » Read


'A 95-Minute Night of Misguided Self-indulgence'

November 9, 2023 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON--This “opera project” by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic has crisscrossed Europe since its first appearance in Munich three years ago. The incarnation that reached London on November 3, courtesy of English National … » Read


The Kronos at 50: Closing in on Bulletproof

November 8, 2023 | Steve Smith, Musical America
“As a musician, you know, you’d like to find the kind of music that is so powerful it can stop a bomb from falling, or stop bullets from killing people,” a youthful David Harrington says in an old TV interview excerpted by … » Read


Bieito's Odd View of Rossini's Maometto Secondo

November 7, 2023 | George Loomis, Musical America
NAPLES, Italy—Rossini’s tragic opera Maometto Secondo was largely forgotten following its Neapolitan premiere in 1820, although other European cities took it up and, as revised and renamed Le Siège de Corinthe , it became … » Read


X at the Met: An Awkward Fit

November 6, 2023 | David Patrick Stearns, Musical America
Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X seems to grow increasingly relevant with age. And while there’s no question that this is the right time for it, the Metropolitan Opera is arguably the wrong place. Oft-revised from … » Read


Boy Genius in Context: Mozartists Take a 250-year Look Back

November 6, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—You must admit, Ian Page and The Mozartists have grand plans. Not only do they intend to record all of Mozart’s operas, but they have a complementary project investigating the 18th-century Sturm und Drang movement (an excellent … » Read


LA Master Chorale Pairs Sellars with Schütz for an Otherworldly Departure

November 3, 2023 | Steven Winn, Musical America
SAN FRANCISCO—Dressed in sober street clothes—dark suits, sweaters, long dresses—the “guests” filtered onstage, exchanged hugs, and empathic looks and took their seats. The house lights were still up at … » Read


New Yorkers' Delight: 2 Handel Oratorios in One Week

November 2, 2023 | Christopher Corwin, Musical America
New York City Handel fans likely celebrated when they learned Israel in Egypt and L’Allegro, Il Penersoso ed il Moderato would be performed on consecutive October evenings. Beyond Messiah, local audiences don’t often get to hear the … » Read

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